When Laurie and Sol bought a derelict listed building in St Leonards they’d never done a renovation before, but with boundless resourcefulness they have created an unforgettable family home.

All the houses that feature in this magazine have required leaps of faith from the owners – whether it was taking on a renovation project, being bold with colour, or choosing which bespoke kitchen designer to hire. But The Bath House is in a league of its own. Something like jumping off the top of The Shard without a parachute. 

Laurie sourced the copper bath in the Turkish-bath inspired guest bathroom directly from the makers in Morocco

Sol bought the basin from builders renovating a flat in Mayfair, for a princely £20

A huge neon ‘Carnival’ sign by Chris Bracey hangs over The Bath House’s double doors

A huge neon ‘Carnival’ sign by Chris Bracey hangs over The Bath House’s double doors

The cocktail bar is an old carpenter’s bench, sourced on eBay

The cocktail bar is an old carpenter’s bench, sourced on eBay

Lengths of reclaimed wood, laid out in a parquet style, make a creative backdrop to shelving in the kitchen

Lengths of reclaimed wood, laid out in a parquet style, make a creative backdrop to shelving in the kitchen

A fairground coconut shy sign is mounted above the kitchen sink, and a painted metal spiral staircase leads up to an office space

A fairground coconut shy sign is mounted above the kitchen sink, and a painted metal spiral staircase leads up to an office space

The fish-scale style copper splashback behind the kitchen sink was the result of a search for local panel beaters

The fish-scale style copper splashback behind the kitchen sink was the result of a search for local panel beaters

Bespoke industrial steel light switches and plug points are embossed with the words The Bath House

Bespoke industrial steel light switches and plug points are embossed with the words The Bath House

A fairground bird illuminates one side of the open plan living space

A fairground bird illuminates one side of the open plan living space

The dodgems sign was bought from a shop in Hastings Old Town. “My first ever job was on a fairground and my life’s ambition aged 10 was to work on the dodgems – I just knew we had to have it,” says Sol

The dodgems sign was bought from a shop in Hastings Old Town. “My first ever job was on a fairground and my life’s ambition aged 10 was to work on the dodgems – I just knew we had to have it,” says Sol

The dodgems sign was bought from a shop in Hastings Old Town. “My first ever job was on a fairground and my life’s ambition aged 10 was to work on the dodgems – I just knew we had to have it,” says Sol

The dodgems sign was bought from a shop in Hastings Old Town. “My first ever job was on a fairground and my life’s ambition aged 10 was to work on the dodgems – I just knew we had to have it,” says Sol

The living space is filled with original finds, such as this vintage shuffleboard table

The living space is filled with original finds, such as this vintage shuffleboard table

“The bowling alley used to be in Soho House,” says Laurie. “Sol heard they were getting rid of it and asked if he could buy it and they told him, if he took it out, he could have it.

“The bowling alley used to be in Soho House,” says Laurie. “Sol heard they were getting rid of it and asked if he could buy it and they told him, if he took it out, he could have it."

A mezzanine provides an office space and seating area above the kitchen

A mezzanine provides an office space and seating area above the kitchen

One of the children’s bedrooms

One of the children’s bedrooms

Laurie and Sol added the new upper floor to give them a master bedroom with its own bathroom

Laurie and Sol added the new upper floor to give them a master bedroom with its own bathroom

Laurie and Sol added the new upper floor to give them a master bedroom with its own bathroom

The master suite's bathroom

Laurie and Sol added the new upper floor to give them a master bedroom with its own bathroom

All over the house is the fabulous result of another of Laurie’s searches

Laurie and Sol added the new upper floor to give them a master bedroom with its own bathroom

Bespoke industrial steel light switches and plug points are embossed with the words The Bath House

Laurie and Sol added the new upper floor to give them a master bedroom with its own bathroom

“The space needed industrial light switches. The repro ones are rubbish and vintage are very expensive, so I did a Google search and sourced a foundry in Hove which could make them all for us.”

Laurie and Sol added the new upper floor to give them a master bedroom with its own bathroom

Laurie and Sol added the new upper floor to give them a master bedroom with its own bathroom

Laurie sourced the copper bath in the Turkish-bath inspired guest bathroom directly from the makers in Morocco

Laurie sourced the copper bath in the Turkish-bath inspired guest bathroom directly from the makers in Morocco

A backlit crucifix provides a stunning focal point in the guest bedroom and alludes to The Bath House’s former use as a church

A backlit crucifix provides a stunning focal point in the guest bedroom and alludes to The Bath House’s former use as a church

A backlit crucifix provides a stunning focal point in the guest bedroom and alludes to The Bath House’s former use as a church

Sequinned doors continue the creative theme

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